The second half began as the first had ended, with Windsor a real threat going forward. Robertson could of had 4 or 5 goals in this game, and on the occasion he hit the post. Gilroys' mis hit shot fell to the unmarked Robertson inside the 6 yard box, and he looked destined to score, but the woodwork denied him. Still 1-1.
Even though they were down to 10 men, Mill United didn't fail in getting bodies forward to support lone striker Quinn, and from a Windsor corner, Mill broke with Quinn, Hayes and Davenney up against Windsors O'Donnell, Cai Smith and Strachan, 3 v 3, bearing down on goal, but unfortunately Quinn was unable to pick out either of his team mates after a poor touch allowed Windsor keeper Marc Aitken to collect the ball as it rolled towards him.
Strachan almost cost his side a goal by slicing a clearance from his left back position 20 yards from goal straight into the D on the edge of the box, and Quinn volleyed first time, and his effort flew past the stranded Aitken, but also flew by the post by inches. The 10 men of Mill working ever so hard in the second half.
Like I said, Windsor No. 18 Robertson could of had 4 or 5 if it wasn't for Lawrie pulling off some impressive stops in goal. His latest stop was after Timmins, once again may I add, threading a delightful ball into the path of Robertson as he beat Mill right back Adam Russell for pace, firing a stinging drive into the top corner but Lawrie was equal to it, flying across his goal line and pulling off a great save to keep the score at 1-1.
Lawrie however was powerless to stop Windsor from taking the lead soon after. A Mill United free kick on the halfway line was delivered by rock solid centre half Lachlan Tait into the heart of the Windsor penalty area, but headed away by Empire state building (AKA Euan Tarry) and then further cleared by Gary Howie. Cries from Windsor boss John Cullen of "Don't punt in, find feet" were screamed at Howie, but Robertson was not giving up the lost cause which looked to be dealt with by Russell. The winger coming from nowhere to nip the ball from the feet of Russell 25 yards from goal, cutting inside on his weaker right foot and curling the ball into the far corner, despite the presence of keeper Lawrie, Robertson was composed to put his side 2-1 up, sending the large Winsor support into raptures (including myself it has to be said)
Any opportunity the had, using the wind at their back to their advantage, Mill were throwing balls into the box in an attempt to get back into the match. Hayes and Quinn coming closest to equalise from free kicks from Lachlan Tait, and the pair finding space in the box but unable to make contact with the ball. Windsor hanging on.
With only a few minutes left on the clock, Windsors Robbie Conway was lucky to escape with a yellow card after lunging into a needless challenge on the edge of the Mill United box, taking the pressure off the away side, and mounting it onto the men in blue. From the resulting free kick, Steven Gemmell picked the ball up, fully 30 yards from goal and firing a venomous low strike which looked destined to hit the back of the net, but Aitken at full stretch managed to fingertip the ball wide of the post. Every Mill player apart from keeper Lawrie were in the Windsor box, but Tarry headed away and that was that as referee Norrie Neish signaled the end of the team, and the end of a cracking cup tie.
Mill United can be very proud of themselves for battling hard and working tirelessly throughout the period they were reduced to 10 men, almost equalising right at the death. Getting to the last eight of the Scottish Cup is an achievement in itself, and they will have ambitions now to win their league in the Lanarkshire FDA. For Windsor, a semi final to look forward to following a hard fought win over arguably the best team in the Central Region, Mill United FC Colts.